Over 400 participants take Polar Plunge in Presque Isle

Over 400 people dived in the cool waters of Presque Isle for an important cause. Find out more about the seventh annual Polar Plunge.

The Special Olympics in Pennsylvania brought back the Erie Polar Plunge after it was canceled due to the pandemic.

One athlete was delighted to come back and take the plunge.

“Well, I love being with my friends and wanted to do it for the special cause and the water was really, really cold,” said Special Olympian Katrice Fisher.

Hundreds of participants came to Presque Isle braving the cold waters to support the athletes.

“They’re amazing people and they try so hard and they’re just like a force to be reckoned with, and so they’re great people, and so it’s just a great way to go out there and get them. support and show your support with them, ”said Grace Evans, President of Mercyhurst University for the Special Olympics Council for Erie Polar Plunge.

The cold did not prevent a high school student from taking the plunge for the second time.

“It’s for a good cause, but it’s also great, especially when you don’t think about it and run straight and it’s fun to pull people up further,” said Heaven Hartson, participant. .

The event manager said the funds raised are used to help the athletes.

“Travel costs and it helps them be able to travel when they come to like world games, state events. So all the money raised goes straight to the athletes, which is amazing, ”said Karly Heath, Events Manager for Special Olympics of PA.

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